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The Side Effects Of Common Psychiatric Drugs: Lithium

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The Side Effects Of Common Psychiatric Drugs: Lithium

Brand Names (generic names):

Cibalith-S (lithium)

Lithane (lithium)

Lithizime (lithium)

Lithobid (lithium)

Lithonate (lithium)

Lithotabs (lithium)

Side Effects:

Acne

Birth defects if given to a

pregnant woman

Blackout spells

Blurred vision

Cardiac arrhythmia

Change in the ability to taste food

Chest tightness

Coma

Confusion

Decreased appetite

Diabetes

Diarrhea

Difficulty thinking

Dry mouth

Excessive saliva in the mouth

Fast, slow, irregular, or pounding heartbeat

Frequent urination

Gas

Giddiness

Hair loss

Hallucinations

Incontinence

Increased thirst

Indigestion

Insomnia

Itching

Joint or muscle pain

Lethargy

Lightheadedness

Loss of coordination

Movements that are unusual or difficult to control

Muscle weakness, stiffness, twitching, or tightness

Nausea

Painful, cold, or discolored fingers and toes

Paleness

Persistent headache

Rash

Restlessness

Ringing in the ears

Seizures

Sexual problems

Stomach pain or bloating

Swelling of the eyes, , , tongue, throat, hands, wrists, feet, ankles, or lower legs

Thin, brittle fingernails or hair

Thyroid problems

Tiredness

Tongue pain

Tremors

Uncontrollable tongue movements

Unusual discomfort in cold temperatures

Weight gain or loss 137

General Warnings And Studies On Lithium:

Lithium is a mineral given in salt form. It is found in tiny amounts in minerals, water, plant, animal and human tissues. However, just because it is a naturally occurring substance, do not make the mistake of thinking it is safe.

One of the most dangerous effects of lithium prescribed to patients is that in order to achieve a “sedating” effect, the “therapeutic” dosage that psychiatrists use is near toxic; i.e., so poisonous that it can cause serious harm or even death.135

Medical experts state that the almost inevitable result of lithium not being metabolized is that it can lead to kidney damage. Lithium is even more hazardous when too much of it accumulates in the body and the toxicity from this can also lead to permanent brain damage and death.136

References

135 “Xanax addiction extremely tough to kick,” MSNBC News Online, 2001.

136 Statement by Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Chairman and President, “Under the Counter: The Diversion and Abuse of Controlled Prescription Drugs in the U.S.” The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, July 2005.

137 Physicians’ Desk Reference, (Medical Economics Company, New Jersey, 1998), pp. 2822-2823; David L. Richman, M.D., Leonard

Source:http://www.cchrint.org/pdfs/The_Side_Effects_of_Common_Psychiatric_Drugs.pdf

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